Space Corps #0
By Beck, Richmond, Groah and Tobin.
An excellent offering in Space Opera Military SciFi has come from this clan for Indie heroes. The only thing I find a bit daunting is giving you a link to get more.
Space Corps has hundreds of different species of Sentient beings serving in its ranks yet they soldier on and get the job done. Four out of five chevrons and rockers here.
The Ferrokin Origin: Part One
Writing and Artwork by Jennifer Swartwood.
The Kaid clinic does advanced research on serums designed to rescue a victim who has suffered metal poisoning. Family of Dominic Kaid have been dying off in accidents, one suicide in unfortunate rapidity leaving him to be the last. As most special powered heroes receive their powers so does he in an extraordinary explosion of various molten metals and timely injections of their experimental vaccines.
An additional mystery pops up in the disappearance of Seul Island from the bay. The island has been gone for a couple of years but fresh bodies keep washing up from it. Dominic emerges from his coma and goes hero like. Enough with the spoilers, this is very good original work.
The story blends researched science with science fiction to give birth to a lore. Artwork is superb and doesn’t leave the reader scratching their head going ‘what is that?’. This is five out of five material folks and that’s what I’m giving it. Five by Five. Enjoy!
By the way, I got my copy signed by the creator at 2015 Denver ComicCon.
Hellblazer 2 – The Devil you Know
Written by Jamie Delano. Illustrated by a bunch and published by Vertigo.
I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. The artwork is fantastic and the story lines did not die out, as opposed to some characters. This guy is probably the Webster definition of a total git. Always getting in over his head, surviving supernatural attacks by shear luck and shagging just about every woman he brushes up against. Really? Really entertaining. Embedded in this volume is The Horrorist which is a Stephen King calibre story as far as I’m concerned.
I’m giving this four pleasure points out of five for the whole package.
Captain Canuck Issue 003
Andrasofszky, Kirk, Alleyne, Brisson and Hepburn.
Captain Canuck, Tom Evans, is taking the Equilibrium fleet out to rescue Michael Evans, his brother. Apparently when Tom Evans was a Canadian Army Lieutenant he had to do something similar. By the end of the issue he is is in another time-line. Not sure about how the story lines are being deployed but I’m still a fan.
The art is outstanding and so is the healthy dose of Canadian pop culture. Of the three story lines floating in this issue I will say that I’m more drawn in by the second one, where Tom is dropped into the Arctic to rescue his brother after Michael has made a tremendous discovery. Aleph.
Four out of five stars guys. Make a bigger issue or split out the story lines into separate books. They are starting to blend.
Lantern City Issue One
Written by Paul Jenkins.
Illustrated by Carlos Magno, colored by Chris Blythe and lettered by Deron Bennett.
Sander toils daily under the oppressive guards ruled by the Greys in order to keep his wife and young boy fed. There seems no end to tribulation and no way to improve one’s lot in life. His nature is to bend and endure, thinking that will keep his family safe.
After a rebellious assembly at a church that is explosively broken by the guards Sander comes to the realization that his only means of keeping his family safe and improving things is to infiltrate the system above worker status. I do not want to spoil this for any I might hook into reading it. It is a magnificent start to what should become an epic story line.
This could very well turn into a futuristic, steam punk, Les Miserables at this point. I hope as the story fills out that it grows in depth. This is definitely issue one and really needs no flashbacks in future issues. The concepts, art and story are excellent. Read this. Enjoy this. Five comic communication enjoyment stars are thereby awarded! Good Job.
Sorry, I wanted to put a link to get it and the only one I could come up with readily was Amazon.
I will keep trying to find other Colorado based retailers.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4
Written by Zack Whedon.
Artwork by Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Laura Martin and Michael Heisler.
My staying on top of this series amongst all the other things in ADD-land is sketchy but let’s reel the canon back into the fold. This story is after the movie Serenity and some things have happened…duh! Apparently, the crew has had more adventures, the operative is now on the same side as Mal’s folks, there is a New Resistance and Gorram-it Zoe has been captured by those galactic assholes called the Alliance.
In this installment Zoe establishes some order in the prisoner playground while the crew of Serenity discover that she is not where they expected her to be. Something else is and they…should run.
Got to say I’m really enjoying this and now I will make an effort to track down more of the issues. I really do prefer volumes, oh well. I’m giving this installment four out of five entertainment points because I would rather pay a little more and have a volume than a trade paper back. Enjoy!
Tek World Volume 1 Number 14
I was a Teenage Zombie
By William Shatner
Published by Marvel Epic Comics, 1993.
Jake Cardigan and others are being randomly, or maybe not so randomly, targeted by berserkers who suddenly decide ‘I must kill you’. Business executives, little old ladies, perhaps even little children if they had thought the story censors who have let it pass. A scientist connected with Tek Lords has developed some kind of disc delivered drug that compels the victim to become a programmed weapon.
Pretty good development for William Shatner. When I read an installment in the series and think back to the TV series I often wonder who contributed what to this endeavor and find…I don’t care that much about who did what. Point of fact the product is really better than I ever expected it would be and I enjoy reading and the artwork. Kind of the result you want from a comic book.
The banter between Gomez and Cardigan is really cheesy though, resulting in a three star award here. I got my copy of this from my local comic book…archive. Haley’s Comics.
Serenity Volume 2
Better Days and Other Stories
Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad and at least 5 others
I got my copy of this volume from my local comic store, Haley’s Comics in Fort Collins, CO. Let me just say that this volume is an improvement over volume one which had a disproportionate amount of filler in the back. Volume two has many tales which bring all of the crew of Serenity into the plot. There are several involving Reavers which are one of my favorite constructs from the TV series and the movie.
My favorite from this book is The Other Half. This one reminds me of The Illustrated Man in how the multiple stories of how the crew would like to use their new found wealth are told. All are quite well thought out. This may also be the first volume which puts forth the vast difference between the Independents and the Alliance.
I giving this work a three out of five for Artwork and Storyline development which means I recommend it but wish the stories meshed better.
Read, watch and listen. Review; try to be positive and legit. Sell used dead-tree books; don’t return ebooks, movies, audio books because that is theft.
Captain Canuck 002 Ongoing
by Andrasofszky and Team, Published by Chapter House Comics
This issue picks up where the reboot issue #1 left off. Canuck is trying to rescue a bunch of oil workers from a burning rig that has been attacked by some golden goo that is sentient. His team has been roughed up but are still supporting. Meanwhile, his brother Michael has fallen off the grid but apparently is under somebody’s mind control.
The story is good and there is a back up story in the second half of the issue. That one is good too although it seems to be alternate universe Canuck and some aquatic bipeds fighting over an oil rig. Oil seems to be a big theme here. The artwork is top notch.
I award this outing with 4 entertainment thumbs up. One note is that I seem to have an alternate cover and I keep having to scratch my Canuck itch through Amazon. Enjoy!
Mythica Issue #1
by Matt Campbell, William Tooker and McLain McGuire
Magnus MacDracken is running around behind enemy lines during World War I in a kilt with a claymore. He has a squad with him of angry Scots, those are rare, dealing mayhem and trying to dodge Germans and Daemons. Somehow, Magnus’ behind the lines shenanigans communicate themselves of a prim young Belgian woman named Kim who is engaged to a Doctor Yosef (psychoanalyst) and the triangle is thus formed. Magnus has otherworldly abilities which I suspect will be revealed in future issues. Volume I kind of leaves us with a hint as a humongous daemon breaks a sword over Magnus back and he is still in the fight, amazing his squad. It would amaze me.
The artwork is awesome, the story is fun and the next thing I want to learn is about the German uniformed dude with the red eyes. The cover states on the bottom “suggested for mature readers” and I suggest the consumer heed this warning. Four out of five enjoyment points are hereby awarded for art, storyline and stepping out on the edge.